Written by Leslie Boswell @ Common Ground Nebraska

Leslie by equipmentMy husband, Ken, and I farm about 1,200 acres of irrigated and dryland corn and soybeans near Shickley, Nebraska. This keeps us busy from early spring to late fall, but also gives us time to spend with our family and nine grandchildren. Through most of the year I am the support staff, helping in any way I can. At harvest time I run the combine.

I put this recipe in our family cookbook – definitely one of our favorites!


Barbequed Meatballs


1 (13 oz) can evaporated milk

2 c. quick oatmeal

½ c. chopped onion

½ tsp. pepper

3 lbs hamburger

2 eggs, beaten

2 tsp. salk

2 tsp. chili powder

2 c. ketchup

1 ½ c. brown sugar

½ tsp. garlic powder

1 T. chopped onion

2 T. liquid smoke


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Mix evaporated milk, oatmeal, onion, pepper, hamburger, eggs, salt and chili powder together.

  3. Shape into balls (an ice cream scoop works great!), and place in a 9 x 13-inch baking pan or casserole dish in one layer.

  4. Mix ketchup, brown sugar, garlic powder, onion and liquid smoke together.

  5. Stir to dissolve sugar and blend.

  6. Pour over meatballs.

  7. Bake 1 hour.

Note: This recipe can easily be cut in half. Enjoy!


CommonGround is a farmer-driven, volunteer program created to clear up misconceptions and enhance the trust and awareness among urban consumers for today’s agriculture. CommonGround serves as a partnership between the nation’s soybean and corn checkoffs. To learn more about CommonGround, visit www.findourcommonground.com, and learn more about the farm women involved in CommonGround Nebraska at www.CommonGroundNebraska.com.